Police in England have arrested a Nigerian man, Oluwaseun Ajayi and his lover, Inga Irbe, for hacking into 700 bank accounts and mobile phones.
Local reports Ajayi and Irbe placed orders for upgrades on the mobile phones of their victims during a fraud lasting more than six years, netting them more than £12,000.
The pair also applied for bank accounts, loans and credit cards in their victims’ names without their knowledge.
A police official, Gary Myers told newsmen that: “Ajayi and Irbe committed these offences in a manner that showed a lot of pre-planning and deception.
“However, they were not able to deceive officers who carried out a thorough investigation which has brought these two criminals to justice.
“While cybercrime can often be complex and investigations take months, Met officers will not relent in pursuing those that hide behind their keyboards to steal other people’s money and make their lives a misery.”
A mobile phone an iPad, tablet laptop, computer, and a financial document were seized during a search of Ajayi and Irbe’s room when they were arrested by police for fraud by false representation in November 2016.
They were charged again with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation between May 11, 2016 and May 14, 2018 at locations across London.
Ajayi, 39, was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, January 10 to five years, six months. Irbe, 49, was sentenced at the same court to a 12-month community order and 170 hours of unpaid work.